EM-1 uses Panasonic sensor per Chipworks

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Re: EM-1 uses Panasonic sensor per Chipworks
In reply to Martin.au, 10 months ago

Martin.au wrote:

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micksh6 wrote:

exdeejjjaaaa wrote:

Impulses wrote:

I think it's kinda odd the inner workings of camera manufactures are obscured to such a degree that you need Chipworks scans just to find out some basic info on a sensor.

no, Panasonic openly published spec of the sensor several month ago = http://www.semicon.panasonic.co.jp/ds8/c3/IS00006AE.pdf (that is unlike Sony, which doesn't)... they simply did not say that it was used in E-M1.

PDAF or not, I'm simply curious why Olympus got it several (could be many) months earlier in E-M1 than Panasonic in GH4 if it's a Panasonic sensor.

you are not surprised why Sony Imaging got 36mp sensor years after Nikon ? probably because Panasonic division making cameras were late with GH4 design and Panasonic division making sensors wanted $$$ now at that time... who knows... ChipWorks shows that it is Panasonic sensor, that's it...

Yeah, easiest way to think of these large corporations is to think of divisions as separate companies. Panasonics chip making division will do whatever they can to sell their chips, even if it means selling them to Oly, months before Panasonic has a camera ready for them.

Right. As far as we know Nikon still has a profitable camera business. Sony does not. In theory, Nikon could have bought exlusive rights for 36MP sensor for one year from Sony.

But, how would these relationships work between Olympus and Panasonic? Both of their camera divisions are losing money. Why on Earth Panasonic would give Olympus exclusive rights to their sensor? Maybe it was that joking IBIS in GX7 that Panasonic got in return? So joking that they didn't even include it in GH4.

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